After graduating from the University of Texas, Taylor was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron. He has conducted operations in support of US national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations.
His final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He holds a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in Irregular Warfare.
Enemy of Mine, lots of which took place in the Middle East, as well as what inspires his writing. Taylor says news stories usually provide the inspiration for his novels.
An aspiring writer asked what steps he took to publication. The usual, query letters to agents and numerous rejections. However, Taylor explained that after a while, instead of focusing on agents who represented those resembling Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, he'd look for someone who didn't represent a Middle Eastern/thriller/espionage novelist--and it worked!
I asked if he depended on his wife's feedback. He does! But he also said he has several civilian readers. If information isn't clear to them, he has to do some re-writing to make sure his audience can completely understand what he's written. Those beta-readers are important!
Taylor's book talk was a great opportunity and I'm glad I had a chance to attend! Thoroughly enjoyable evening with a thoroughly enjoyable, and really nice guy!
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